Supreme Court and Executions

Kelly Gissandaner was executed in the state of Georgia last night after the US Supreme Court rejected appeals to spare her life. Even the Pope intervened during his visit and appealed for her to be spared. This is a useful example of the Supreme Court’s role in the US and could be used as an example of federalism – in this case the Supreme Court upheld the state’s rights to carry out it’s own decisions but in the past it has overruled states and granted clemency to a few of those facing execution.

This could also be used, obviously, in any debate on the death penalty.